Everything you were afraid to ask a Sand Sculptor.
Everything you were afraid to ask a Sand Sculptor
A professional Sand sculptor for 35 years.
Be fearless its only the web, I have a thick skin and a friendly heart, ask away???
Some questions and answers to get you started.
1.What holds the sand up?
We first compress sand and water by pounding it into concrete like wood forms with layers about every 2 to 4 inches. Instead of sandstone that is created by nature’s time and pressure. Just by packing sand through pressure pounding, almost turning the sand into sand stone like hardness. Once packed, Sand Sculpture cannot be moved once sculpted. We start from top and work our way downward removing forms as we sculpt downward, until down until all forms are removed from the sand sculpture.
2. How long can it last?
Good quality sand, packed well can last up to 2 years outdoors. Indoor, it could last as long as a house when coated with white glue.
3. Are sand sculptor artist?
You are what you think you are. Yes, its much a like fine sketch artist in the round. Sand sculpture is a performance art and anyone can be a part of it too.
4 What if it rains?
The sculptors work under umbrellas.Surprisingly the sand sculpture, rain is less damaging then you would think. We use biodegradable and environmentally friendly, nontoxic, invisible glue that protect against the sun and wind. The glue while protecting the surface details, It adds no structural strength.
5. Do you mind answering questions?
I enjoy talking and interacting with all age groups and walks of life as I sculpt. Answering questions is part of sharing of the greater art experience. People love watching and enjoy talking to me and the other sculptors. After 5 questions it is a $1 a question. (Just kidding)
6. Is this your largest and tallest sand sculpture?
My tallest is 67 feet high and weighing 70,000 tons.
7. Are you afraid to see it destroyed?
Everything is in the process of change. I love the process of sculpting every sculpture is a new, learned experience Destruction can be fun, and we get alot of free help knocking down sand sculptures from a real tiger, an elephant, children, clowns, and even security guards. The important thing is to get a photo before they too much fun destorying it..
8. Where does the sand come from?
It is fine silted sand that usually comes from a local Sand and Gravel pit.
Sand sculpting (a dream job) was voted as one of the "Top Ten Careers in the World". For the majority of sculptors, the artistic qualities which sand possesses are ultimately what they are looking for. Encompassing both disciplines of sculpting and carving, Sand Sculpting is not only a performing art, but is being recognized as a medium for planning, displays and studio work. It is truly the made from sand, ranging from glass to cement and silicone. As well, a great deal of our environment is made of sand and its presence lies deep in our subconscious